Issue #37

Ines & Ena Talakic

Le Sorelle

Ines and Ena are sisters and co-directors from Italy. In 2010, they graduated from the University of Design and Art of Bolzano, Italy. They are classically trained musicians of piano and violin with degrees from the Claudio Monteverdi Music Conservatory in Bolzano (2010). They have given numerous performances around Europe and at the United Nations in New York. Their love of music fed their film passion and they pursued their studies at the Prague Film School and the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory in New York, believing that having a deeper understanding of how actors work would make them better directors. Their short film “The Portrait” played at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. They have been mentioned numerous times in the Huffington Post, Vanity Fair Italia, Velvet, Abitare, House of Peroni magazine, Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica and on RAI, Italian national television. Ines and Ena were selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center as up-and-coming filmmakers and are part of the Artist Academy since September 2013. They’re working on their feature length Documentary “The Conspiracist” and are writing their first feature length movie script. Ines and Ena speak fluently Italian, German, English, Serbo-Croatian and Spanish. They currently reside in New York City.

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What do you do in your life (work and fun)?

We love to inspire and get inspired, we’re filmmakers and musicians. We love to surround ourselves with art and music. We’re currently working on our first feature length documentary called ‘The Conspiracist’ and are spending a lot of time doing research. It’s a continuous work in progress.

What made you leave Italy and chose NYC?

Leaving Italy was not easy, our family lives there and we miss them very much. But NYC always attracted us like a magnet. It is the capital of the world. We don’t look at it as a city but as a pulsing living being. As we touched its soil almost three years ago, we knew it was the place where we’d grow not only professionally but also as human beings. It was home almost immediately.

Please share your best memory in the City.

You never know what can happen in NYC. Like that one day when we shot Morgan Freeman and Jeremy Irons with their agent in Central Park for our documentary, or  when we went to a friend’s studio which is also an amazingly preserved private Vaudeville theater, filled with all types of different instruments. We played there and then enjoyed a midnight ride on a golf cart through the streets of  downtown Manhattan.  More than memories, it is NYC’s flavor that nourishes our mind constantly. Something exciting, challenging and gratifying at the same time.

What made you choose this specific location and outfit?

We chose the Lincoln Center, because we feel it represents what we love the most: film, music, the arts. Also we’ve been part of the Artist Academy at the Lincoln Center Film Society since September 2013 and spend a lot of our time in this part of the city all around the year.

Your thought about this project, ITALIANY.US

It is very interesting to discover through Wandael’s point of view, as an Italian emigrant himself, who the ITALIANY are. What are their faces? What do they communicate?

How would you describe being an ambassador of the italian style/culture abroad?

Having studied Design and Art in Italy has profoundly influenced our style. The Italian culture and Italian way of living is part of us and is present in our work.

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  • Time

    240 mins

  • City

    New York

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